by Max Brantley
An investigation into these complaints has started and I will be providing video evidence of the coordination between Mr. Smith, these Fayetteville shell non-profit entities and Conduit for Action and Commerce in Action to just name a few.
You may notice in the letter on page 4 that AR Business Services; AR Manufacturing First; and AR Natural Resources were all filed as PAC’s on the same day of April 3, 2014. These 3 shell groups all have the same addresses and same officers as well.
You will see by digging a little further that these groups donate to the Conduit and Commerce Groups and also contribute directly to legislative campaigns like Mr. Smith’s. These groups also receive donations from the conduit and commerce groups and all the groups contribute to several candidates running for office who call themselves “Tea Party” Conservatives. These candidates receive campaign contributions from these shell groups then funnel donations to other candidates. The BIG QUESTION is where is all this money coming from.
Also, for legislators to contribute to each other they must have ticketed events. 'Ill assure you several of these donations were given at a non-ticketed event.
Several of these shell groups have been also operating in Arkansas as a non-profit entity previous to them also filing as PACs. The main officer for Conduits for Action is also a registered lobbyist for his group.
Finally, I have video of Brenda Vassar and Ken Yang, employees and officers with several of these groups organizing and coordinating with Mr. Smith, 4 other local candidates for the state legislature, and a dozen current legislators at a press conference earlier this month in Jonesboro. Mrs. Vassar and Mr. Yang are videoed addressing the event and are thanked for their work putting together the event where every legislator and candidate spoke. This is coordination by its most basic definition and these PAC’s are contributing to all these candidates.
Mr. Smith filing his campaign reports late seems to be a pattern.